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leggo_my_legs
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Safety, driving, work questions

Postby leggo_my_legs » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:52 am

Considering opioids and MM... I'm wondering how people esp. in the US, handle the legal risks associated with being someone who may test positive for drugs in employment and vehicle accidents, even if not caused by the drug?

This is a big concern I have. I mean, do you just pray it doesn't happen that you're in a car accident--god forbid an at fault accident, get tested at hospital and law enforcement trouble due to positive test? Is the hospital permitted or required to contact police upon positive test? Even if the drug is in a steady state and you're not showing signs of intoxication, I imagine you could still be charged? And yet it also seems one can't stay home and never go out because you're on daily opioids? How are people handling this concern?

Medical MJ is high on my list to try, but I checked it out with HR friend of mine who was very discouraging re employment, even if you have a card they can refuse to hire you or fire you based on federal law. Very frustrating since from what I'm reading the safety profile of MM seems better. I would prefer trying it first over opioids but I know it stays in hair forever.

Maybe I am being punished for being cynical re card carriers before my diagnosis. :(

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Re: Safety, driving, work questions

Postby jul2873 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:59 pm

Kratom is still legal in most states, and has zero effect on your driving. Actually, it may even make you more alert, if you take one of the kinds that are stimulating, like the green leaf varieties or maeng da.

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Re: Safety, driving, work questions

Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:18 pm

Usually - for most of us - any sedating effect from opioids wears off in a short time. More likely, though, is that it won't sedate you but actually make you more awake!. That said, I don't drive at night or even in the day if I am tired. The tiredness from months of no sleep is much worse, for me, than most drugs. And, drugs such as gabapentin make me MUCH more tired than opioids.

No idea about employment. When I was drug tested, it was only for illegal street drugs, so the opioids I took legally weren't an issue. MM - again, no idea.
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Re: Safety, driving, work questions

Postby Rustsmith » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:42 am

For employment, the issue of MM will depend upon the employer. Many companies in Colorado bemoan the fact that it is difficult to find "clean" people to employ. Before we moved, a friend said that the major hotel outfit that she worked for was recruiting people from the operations around the country to come to Denver. They would get a nice promotion but had to agree to stay "clean".

As for driving, that is a bit trickier. Everyone in law enforcement agrees that the marijuana DUI guidelines are impractical. A chronic user could be well above the legal limit and have 0% impairment. A first timer could be well below and intoxicated to the point of drunkenness. So, at this time it is pretty much guaranteed employment for the attorneys that fight DUI's. If you can pass the field sobriety test, it is highly likely that the judge would throw out the case. But of course, you are out attorney fees at that point.
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leggo_my_legs
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Re: Safety, driving, work questions

Postby leggo_my_legs » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:35 am

Rustsmith wrote: Many companies in Colorado bemoan the fact that it is difficult to find "clean" people to employ.


:lol: You have a way with words lol! :lol:
Maybe CA will be similarnow since we've just legalized it for recreational use.

Thank you all for weighing in,

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Re: Safety, driving, work questions

Postby legsbestill » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:38 pm

I was wondering about this exact issue - the impact of my OxyContin on driving - both from a legal perspective and also in terms of whether it actually impacts on my reaction times. Also whether it would have a significance in terms of employment prospects and the attitude of insurance companies if I ever want life assurance to support a mortgage.

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Re: Safety, driving, work questions

Postby ViewsAskew » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:50 am

leggo - without asking for specifics, what part of CA are you in? I've yet to meet our So Cal members, but there are several of us.
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